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18thcentman
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I will be going on a traditional bow hunt in the northern tier of Pennsylvania this fall, so I purchased a Bushnell bactrack gps to assist me in the unfamiliar terrain.It is very simple to use. I like the idea of being able to hunt in an area and not worring about how I am getting back to my truck.Also, if I shoot a deer far from where I am parked, I can mark its spot and drive to it. How many of you folks use one of these devices?

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adeeden
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I use one and enjoy it, with that being said I also never put 100% faith in it either! Always carry a map and compasss!

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m midd
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GPS are great but i also agree..... Map and compass..

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ron w
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A GPS is a great tool....that can let you down, bad batteries, improper input on your part, etc. I use one but always have a map and compass as back up. Study a map of where you are going to hunt and do some pre-season scouting, not only for game but to get the lay of the land. It also builds your confidence hunting a new area.

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ChrisM
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My brother in law a tech head talked me into using one of those things on a hog hunt in the swamp. He was marking the way points. After dark we couldn't get out 'cause ox bows were in the way and I wasn't swimin with the snakes. Finnally I had to get us out the old fashioned way. So I don't have much confidence in them.

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McDave
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I always use a GPS when I'm hunting, but as has been said, always use good common sense so if the thing breaks, you'll be able to find your way back anyway.

One time I was hunting elk in Colorado, and stopped to rest for a while and eat a snack. Sometime later, I realized I didn't have my shooting glove anymore, and thought I'd probably left it on a log where I took my break. I had no idea of how to find my way back to that spot; I didn't think I would ever have to come back to that spot, so I didn't try to remember anything about it. But I did remember that I had turned on my GPS to get a fix on where I was; how many miles from camp, etc. Whenever you turn on a GPS, it leaves "breadcrumbs" at that spot, even if you don't mark the spot as a waypoint. By zooming in and panning around, I was able to locate the breadcrumbs, and create a waypoint there. Then I was able to walk back and find my shooting glove!

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It's the best thing since sliced bread,,
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18thcentman
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Thanks for the imput. I will be carrying a compass as well as a map.

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I also use the Bushnell--much simpler to use than other kinds. 2 buttons 3 way points what could be simpler?
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Silva Ranger compass. The only way I travel.

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longarrow
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They are nice, I always carry one and 2 compasses as backup...can't beat a good topo map and KNOWING how to use it and a compass. Also carry a SPOT when I'm out alone....worth the money, many times over!!

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I love mine, It's made for low tech dummies like me who have trouble remembering how to use a GPS. If you want to get from point A to point B and back again this will get you there.Super simple to use. I used it a bunch the last 2 seasons and never had a problem, I think they are around 60 bucks,well worth the money.
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Ben Maher
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I'm a map and compass fella ... Just never got round to buying one . Unless I'm going extreme remote locale hunting I'm not sure they are for me .

Ben

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David Bartholomew
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NOTE TO SELF: (1) Make sure your batteries are good BEFORE heading out on the hike/hunt [no matter what type of GPS you're using], and (2) before leaving your vehicle... verify that you have your compass IN YOUR POCKET. Personal experience has taught me these on the same day & same hike.

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Ragnarok Forge
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Being an a former soldier I always use a map and compass, make a plan for my hunt and follow it. I always know where I am. Having said that a GPS is one tool I always carry. They are awesome for marking your truck, kill points, sighting points for animals, etc... you can download all that data into your computer and use it to plan future hunts. Plus they are awesome for getting back to the truck after dark or back to your kill after dark. I never leave to hunt without one.

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